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Heart Attack and Stroke Are Medical Emergencies. Dial 9-1-1

If you or a loved one experiences any of the signs of stroke or heart attack listed below, immediately dial 9-1-1. Do not attempt to drive to the hospital

  • Driving risks delays in diagnosis and life-saving treatments to restore blood flow that paramedics can provide on the way to the hospital.
  • Local paramedics work with our emergency room teams and are able to provide us with critical information prior to the arrival of a patient experiencing heart attack or stroke. This allows us to prepare for the arrival of the patient and expedite treatment once at the hospital.

Every minute that a person delays in getting medical treatment increases the likelihood of damage or even death to heart muscle.

Heart Attack Symptoms

A heart attack occurs when a vessel supplying the heart muscle with oxygen and nutrients becomes completely blocked. Men often, but not always, experience the classic warning signs of a heart attack:

  • Pressure, fullness, squeezing or pain in the center of the chest that goes away and comes back
  • Pain that spreads to the shoulders, neck or arms
  • Chest discomfort with lightheadedness, fainting, sweating, nausea or shortness of breath

Trigger: Men most often report physical exertion prior to heart attacks.

Women may experience the classic symptoms, but they are often milder. They also have other symptoms like:

  • Shortness of breath or difficulty breathing
  • Nausea, vomiting or dizziness
  • Back or jaw pain
  • Unexplained anxiety, weakness or fatigue
  • Palpitations, cold sweats or paleness
  • Mild, flu-like symptoms

Trigger: Women most often report emotional stress prior to heart attacks.

Stroke Symptoms

A stroke occurs when a blood vessel that carries oxygen and nutrients to the brain is either blocked by a clot or bursts. Symptoms include:

  • Sudden numbness or weakness of the face, arm or leg, especially on one side of the body
  • Sudden confusion, trouble speaking or understanding
  • Sudden trouble seeing in one or both eyes
  • Sudden trouble walking, dizziness, loss of balance or coordination
  • Sudden, severe headache with no known cause